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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 2881..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

The other main amendment in this bill is to clarify the payments for external examiners under the Legal Profession Act so that appointments of examiners by the Law Society are made out of the fidelity fund. This also seems to be a sensible arrangement.

The bill also amends the Legislation Act, to make minor changes, and makes other regulatory amendments. I will not go into details of these amendments since they are of a minor and technical nature. I will be supporting the bill.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.40), in reply: I thank members for their support of the Statute Law Amendment Bill 2008. This bill carries on the technical amendments program that continues to develop a simpler, more coherent and accessible statute book for the territory through minor legislation changes. It is an efficient mechanism to take care of noncontroversial minor or technical amendments to a range of territory legislation while conserving resources that would otherwise be needed if the amendments were dealt with individually.

Each individual amendment is minor, but when viewed collectively they are a significant contribution to improving the operation of the effective legislation. For example, amendments of the Adoption Act 1993 are technical in nature and include the updating of language, the creation of a new dictionary and the omission of redundant provisions about the repeal of legislation.

I would like to express my ongoing appreciation for the continuing support of members for the technical amendments program. I rebut the reference made by Dr Foskey in her earlier comments when she suggested that elements that were contentious from time to time undermined the integrity of the technical amendments program. I think it would be fair to say that it is difficult at times for the public service to fully identify matters that may end up being contentious. What may be contentious to us is perhaps not so contentious to members of the public service. Any fault in relation to contentious items should be viewed as mine alone, not those of my officers. I express my ongoing appreciation for the continuing support of members for this program. It is another example of the territory leading the way and striving for the best—in this case, a modern, high quality, up-to-date and easily accessible statute book.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 3 July 2008, on motion by Mr Corbell .

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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